Critically Analyse: The Laws Relating to Hijacking

13 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2016

Date Written: March 11, 2016


Hijacking is a crime which is domestic and international. It is a crime where only the life of the captives is not the only issue, but, countries’ sovereignty is also at stack on some cases. The world’s community is zealous to address this issue in a strict way so that this crime can be eliminated. There are different laws to address this crime at domestic level. However, at International level, there are three conventions i.e. Tokyo 1963, Hague 1970 and Montreal 1971. In this paper these three conventions are explained briefly. The duties of the states who have signed this convention are elaborated. History of hijacking and the motives behind hijacking is explained. Powers of the commander of an air craft are enlighten under these conventions. A critical analysis is given in this paper which describes the loopholes of the conventions. Finally, a way forward is suggested to address this issue in more efficient way.

Keywords: Hijacking, Toykyo Convention, Hague Convention, Montreal Convention

Suggested Citation

Idrees, Muhammad Hassan, Critically Analyse: The Laws Relating to Hijacking (March 11, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Muhammad Hassan Idrees (Contact Author)

Canterbury Christ Church University ( email )

Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury, CT1 1QU
United Kingdom

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